driving, Joel narrowly misses hitting an elderly man who he discovers
is one of Cicely's first residents. In an ensuing conversation Ned
(guest star Roberts Blossom) launches into an elaborate story about
the creation of the town. As he speaks his words come to life on
the screen. The downtrodden town was run by Mace (Barry
Corbin), an outlaw who controlled the inhabi tants with an iron
fist. It was when Mace left for a few months that Roslyn (guest
star Jo Anderson),
a powerful, robust woman, and Cicely (guest star Yvonne
Suhor), a vision of grace and beauty, came to the village. Immediately
Roslyn made an effort to clean up the town. She stood up for her
beliefs and demanded civil and mannerly behavior. Roslyn took Ned
(Darren E. Burrows), who was then a young
man who lived like an animal and begged for food, and Sally (Cynthia
Geary), a shamed hooker, under her wing and instilled in them
a new sense of self esteem.
Roslyn and Cicely brought culture, peace, and open mindedness to
the small community. The once primitive town came to appreciate
such things as dance and poetry. Roslyn had created a place where
everyone was accepted without prejudice. Franz Kafka (Rob
Morrow) even visited the artist's utopia to alleviate his writer's
block. News that Mace was headed back to reclaim his town would
jeopardize the now perfect society. Upon his entrance to town, Roslyn
attempted to talk with him calmly on behalf of the townspeople.
As she spoke with him, one of his gunmen fired. After that day,
the town and Roslyn were never the same.
(Note music listed is from the original TV airings. The DVD may differ.)
Each Night at Nine - Floyd Tillman
[Joel nearly hits Ned with his truck.]
The Butterfly - Show's cast (David LoVine* - Concertina and Dale Russ - Fiddle)
[The fiddlers in the bar play.]
Nearer My God to Thee - Show's cast
[Woman sings bible song.]
The Chandler's Wife - Show's cast
[Drunk men sing.]
Intermezzo Sinfonica from "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Mascagni)
Anderson (Roslyn) later plays Jane Harris, Holling's teacher in
4.15 Learning Curve.
This episode won emmy awards.
*David LoVine appeared as an extra ina botu 40 episodes, including three credited (speaking) roles in 4.23, 5.5, and 5.8
this tiny corner of Alaska, the human spirit has triumphed. We hold
in our hands, the most precious gift of all: Freedom. The freedom
to express our art. Our love. The freedom to be who we want to be.
We are not going to give that freedom away and no one shall take
it from us!